Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Pyongyang Orphans’ School
DPRK state media reported on February 7 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Kangdong Precision Machine Plant. Also in attendance were Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Organization Guidance Department Deputy Director Jo Yong Won (Cho Yo’ng-wo’n) and WPK Munitions Industry Department Deputy Director Yu Jin (Yu Chin).
Jong Un toured the plant, dropping in at a products exhibition hall, processing shop, education facilities, a health complex and workers’ residences. He remarked that the recently-built exhibition hall was constructed “as a splendid structure” and he likes “everything displayed there as varieties of exhibits look nice, easy to operation and very effiencient… [the] precision machine processing technology is at the world-level.”
He toured a recently-built facility for educating the plant’s workers and manager in science and technology. He said that “an effective use of the room is an important work to thoroughly implement the Party’s policy of making all the people well versed in science and technology.” He stressed “the need for the employees to make it part of their everyday life to acquire the knowledge of cutting-edge science and technology so that they may steadily improve their technical skills and broaden their outlooks and thus become personnel possessed of modern science and technology.”
He toured a soy bean processing factory and noted that “it is good to turn out varieties of soy bean-based products after building bean sprouts processing factory, bean curd processing factory, etc.” At the Ponghwa Health Complex he said he was “pleased with everything at the health complex having bath facilities, swimming pool, barber’s beauty parlor, table tennis room, gym-cum-clinic, dining room, etc. It has been built in such a way that it looks bright, cozy [and] comfortable…it was a good idea that ceiling built with glass.” Jong Un was “very pleased that the employees of the plant and their families have become able to lead a cultured life like urban people.”
At the workers’ residences he said that “the employees would like the dwelling houses built in an impeccable style and fitted with quality and attractive furniture.” He told the officials accompanying him “to let settlers move to new houses on the occasion of the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il).” He appreciated with “high enthusiasm of the workers at the plant to boost the production” and issued tasks “facing the plant.” He then posed for a commemorative photo with the functionaries, managers and employees of the Kangdong Precision Machine Plant.